Tom ready to produce Moore as Hornchurch Cricket Club welcome Brentwood Cricket Club in Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 July 2016

Hornchurch's Tom Moore top scored in their match with Chelmsford (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch's Tom Moore top scored in their match with Chelmsford (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Captain Roy Smith full of praise for new addition who has slotted in at Harrow Lodge Park brilliantly and faces his old side this weekend

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch entertain Brentwood in the Essex League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday) and Roy Smith is backing Tom Moore to shine against his former club.

During the summer Max Osborne departed Harrow Lodge to move back to the Old County Ground, while Essex cricketer Moore made the opposite move to link up with Smith and Co.

Hornchurch’s captain is delighted with his recruit who has taken 17 wickets already for his new club and is averaging 35.67 with the bat.

“There is always a bit in it against your old side. You want to do well and feel you have something to prove,” said Smith.

“I know Tom will be really looking forward to it and go into it like he does every game – ready to give 100 per cent and everything to win.

“We do play well at home, we know our ground, how the wicket plays and the conditions. We back ourselves to beat anybody there, so we will be looking to do the same again this weekend.”

After earning promotion to the top flight last year, Smith’s men are second in the standings and have won five of their eight fixtures – losing just once to Chingford and having two matches abandoned.

Brentwood finished second, just five points behind champions Chelmsford in 2015, but haven’t enjoyed the best of campaigns.

Joe Buttleman’s men are sixth with just two wins in the division after last weekend’s home match with Chingford was abandoned.

Smith added: “The Premier is a competitive league and a lot of the sides can beat one another. Brentwood have had injuries, I know their skipper Joe can’t bowl at the moment and they’ve lost a few players as well.

“If you take two or three people out of any side in the division – they are going to struggle, but we are only coming up to the halfway stage.

“All it takes is a run of five, six or seven good results and you are in the top three. We’re not underestimating anybody and expect another difficult match on Saturday.”

Smith also revealed Paul Walter will be back this weekend after he was unavailable at Chelmsford due to his Essex selection. Michael Bones, who has scored 321 runs this season, will return as well to boost Hornchurch.

Both were sorely missed at Chelmer Park as Smith’s team were all out for just 74 with Moore top scoring with 27 off 75 balls.

He also dismissed Nick Prowting in Chelmsford’s reply and finished with figures of 1-31 as the game was abandoned due to the weather.

Smith added: “Tom dug in really well and was up the order on Saturday because he does bat a little bit too low for us.

“He does that for the team and to keep the balance of the side as we do bat all the way down.

“To be honest he was a little bit unlucky as well, he was out lbw and I think that could have gone for him on another day.

“With Tom you know what you are going to get, he always gives 100 per cent and everything for the team.

“He is a great professional and bowled well at the weekend as well and could have had four or five wickets really, but it wasn’t to be.”

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